Monday, April 30, 2012

new york beauty quilt along: block 2

Hey Everyone! Welcome to my week for this fun quilt along!


Sew Sweetness
I'm not going to lie. I've never done paper piecing before. I was intimidated. And so I did what any good self-proclaimed procrastinator does when faced with something they're not sure about. I procrastinated! Hence, the pictures are dark because I worked on this last night. I'm glad I didn't mess up too bad or this post may not have gotten up today!

So that should be a good indicator that if I can do this under pressure and have it turn out okay, so can you!  And since we are so far along in the bee, you probably will see the same steps here that everyone else has done, just for this slightly different block.  I love the skinny points on this one.

*And a quick disclaimer - because I've never done this before I may do things in an unconventional way, but we can just add this to my {not a tutorial} list and remember that it's just the way I did it.  :) And I'm afraid maybe I didn't take the right pictures...but for me this is sort of one of those things that you just have to start doing and then it makes sense!

I started by printing off my pattern pieces for block 2 (all of the blocks in the quilt along can be found HERE) and cutting some rectangles of my two fabrics.  8 blue  and 9 white for the points.  When I printed out my pattern the 1 inch mark was slightly shy of an inch, but I couldn't figure out how to scale it, so I just left it alone. The finished block ends up being around 7 inches for my print out.

The rectangles I cut were about about 1/2" bigger on each side than the widest point of the point.  I figured a little more waste than I was used to was better than having to redo it because my pieces weren't big enough.

Since I was working at night I couldn't use my window to see my layers I decided my iPad would work.  You could also use a lit up computer monitor ~ just to make sure you were placing your fabrics in the right place.  To start out I placed one white and one blue piece, right sides together, underneath the pattern making sure there was enough seam allowance on the line right of the number 1.  In this picture I don't have it over far enough, but the fabrics are at a good angle.

I liked to open the fabrics before I sewed the together to make sure I had them in the right order and in the right position.

Here the fabrics have plenty of left over for a seam allowance. So I moved it over farther to the right and made the first seam along the line to the right of number 1. Use a small stitch length as this will make pulling the paper off easier.
Then I flipped the fabrics open, trimmed the seam allowance to approximately 1/4" and pressed the seam.
Here you can see how it was flipped open as I added a strip of white to create the point.
After stitching along line 2:
And opening and pressing it.

Here's what it looks like after I trimmed the seam allowance and pressed it open. And can you see how the shadow of the white doesn't fill in all of space 3?  Yep! Major goof! 

I had to take it out and redo it.  The piece of white was long enough I just didn't angle it properly. So as you alternate back and forth you have to angle your pieces parallel to the stitching line so that when you fold them open you have enough to fill in the space.  Like this.

So then to finish the fan I kept adding blue then white then blue, in the manner above,
Until I reached the end of my template!


After the first 3 or 4 points, it really starts to make sense.  This is what your paper will look like when you are done stitching.
I didn't take a picture of this next step, but you can now trim on the outside line and pull the paper off.


Next, cut out the inner circle pieces.

Fold them in half and press to find the midline.

Pin the sections together starting in the middle and then on each end and then as much as you feel you need to keep the edges together.  This is what this side looks like:
And the reverse:
Sew with the smaller section (the corner piece) on the top.  Your pieces will cup like a bowl (sort of) as you sew a 1/4" seam.

Clip the seam allowance (there is a picture below) and press.

Next, find the centers of each piece and start pinning together. Line up the edges next and just work to get the edges all lined up.

And then pin the dickens out of it!  See how it curves up?  That's the side you will sew on.
Again, clip the seam allowance and press.

Next you will cut out the two pieces which you will sew to the top of the fan and complete the square.  I used one pattern piece and folded my fabric to cut two pieces at once.

Sew these two pieces together at the fattest part to form the curve. Press.  (I press to the side, but you can do what works for you.)
Next we will sew the last seam!

Again, find the middle of each section and pin.  The pin the edges together lining up the sides.


And then pin it some more.  The curve allows the fabric to stretch and have a little more movement with the bias.  This seam is actually easier because the pieces are bigger.  I like saving it for last!
Sew a 1/4" seam with the fan piece on top and in the direction that will keep the seam allowances laying flat.
And if you don't have an overabundance of machine needles - you should probably take the pins out as you go.  Ignore the evidence to the contrary in my picture above!

And here is what a clipped seam allowance looks like!  It just helps the curve lay flat for pressing. So clip your seam allowance...


And then press it open!

I really do love how this turned out!  The  sides look a little wonky because I haven't squared it up yet.  But that is something that you can totally do to make up for that.  I just love love love how crisp those skinny little points are!

Fabric is Amy Butler Lark (the dark blue) and Sunspots from LOVE (dots).

Maybe one day I really will have a quilt like my mom's!

So next week is the last Monday for the Quilt Along!  You can check out all of the other tutorials at the following links:
March 5 - Kim from My Go-Go Life {Week 1 Block 0}
March 12 - Sara from Sew Sweetness {Week 2 Block 5}
March 19 - Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Week 3 Block 1}
March 26 - Kati from From the Blue Chair {Week 4 Block 8}
April 2 - Jeni from In Color Order {Week 5 Block 7}
April 9 - Amy from Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am? {Week 6 Block 6}
April 16 - Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Week 7 Block 3}
April 23 - Lee from Freshly Pieced {Week 8 Block 4}

Happy Sewing!!

Friday, April 27, 2012

sew & tell v3.29 - catching up

Hello friends! My motivation has been coming in spurts, but I was able to catch up on some bee blocks and finish up the last bit of binding on a quilt.

This block right here, I love.  These chubby Dresdens from the book Material Obsession are my favorite of all Dresdens.  Fabric is from LOVE by Amy Butler.  Finished block measures 20"
When I received these fabrics she sent a picture of a flower and asked us to be inspired by it and make something.  When I finally figured out what to do it still took me forever to actually make it up.  Why? I HAVE NO IDEA.  Somethings just keep getting pushed to the back, and I'm embarrassed that this was one of them. It's from the bee I was in before BeeTweet started last spring.  YES.  It's that late.  And it's been eating at me.  But I wanted to make good on my committment.  Luckily the person for whom I made it is very sweet and forgiving and loves it.  Whew!!

This next block is for Ali of a²(w).  She sent us this picture of a painting and said she wanted to recreate it into a quilt:
 
Isn't that a genius idea!?

It was totally free formed pieced and just grew out of picking colors and sewing and slicing!  I may need to do more like this in the future. I love the way it turned out!


And last, this quilt from another collaborative effort!  I finished the last bit of binding (it had been sitting around so close to finished!) and now is ready to go to it's new home.  Well, almost, I still need to wash it and take some clothesline photos!  Brynn chose fabrics and pieced this one.  I quilted and bound it.
I am getting into a bit of a groove with my sewing.  I have a bunch to do for next week!  Be sure to come by on Monday for my part in the NYBeauty Quilt Along!


Sew Sweetness


What have you been finishing up this week?

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Monday, April 23, 2012

remember the sewing space spring cleaning challenge?

Yeah, so do I - a vague recollection that I started something I didn't finish.  Yet.

I'm really sorry everyone!  I had dreams of blog buttons and link ups and prizes and then life happened and I didn't follow through.

I want to make it up to you! I did get a great sponsor to sign on and want to schedule our linky party.  I have been making some progress but am not quite finished.

Did you take a before shot? Are you still working on it?

I'm thinking we'll do it mid May.  Are you still in?  Will you forgive me?  :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

sew & tell v3.28 - finding some motivation

Sometimes I get bogged down with such a big to-do list that I don't do anything.  I sit around eating ice cream and watching bad TV instead of diving in.  Anyone know what I'm talking about?

*crickets*

That's part of what is so good about sew & tell.  It gives me a deadline.  So I finished up a quick and easy minky baby blanket for a long overdue baby gift. I love how this one turned out.  And I've made so many of them at this point, they are a fast and easy satisfying project! 
pink dot minky and dandy damask in black and white.
I think that doing something quick and easy really is the key to finding motivation.  It's nice to feel a sense of accomplishment and makes me want to sew more!

So I finished up my iPad sleeve that I started during spring break.  I love it!
Heirloom home dec by Joel Dewberry
I used the wonderful tutorial over at One Shabby Chick.  Super easy and fast!

Now at least when I feel super conspicuous pulling out my iPad to take a photo for Instagram, at least it's got some pretty flowers on it!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

everyone needs a little spring

My ears are burning because they're talking about me over at the Jolly Jabber with a chance to win this:
Again, I'm so flattered I was asked to put this together! It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to start making some half square triangles for a zig zag quilt!  Sound fun?

Click HERE to purchase!


Monday, April 16, 2012

spring color fabric love

So we went out of town for spring break and the mail piled up! I had 3 packages waiting for me.  And after I took the pictures I realized I don't venture out much from my choice in bright happy spring-y colors.  And I'm totally okay with that! 

Some fabric for a new quilting bee I joined - I know I have too much already on my to-do list.  But I couldn't pass up an opportunity to quilt with some of my favorite people!  Love this Happy Mochi Fabric from Monica.
Then I got this little order I placed from Randi at Fresh Squeezed Fabrics.  The orange is a departure from my normal picks, but I like it.  The blue and green? Not surprising at all. (Riley Blake Chevron, Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets)
 
And then there's this.  Which I am dying over a bit!!
 
I've had that little link over there on my sidebar since I picked out the fabrics for the bundle and my month is finally here!  These fat quarter bundles are cut and shipping now!  Click here if you want your own!  I love the fabrics in person.  Even better than I hoped they would be!  I hope you like them too.  

Friday, April 13, 2012

sew & tell v3.27 spring break

Spring break here! Not anything I can report on because the one thing I finished I already gave away and forgot to photograph. So link up! Hopefully a I'll have some time to check out the linkns when our break is over!

Friday, April 06, 2012

sew & tell v3.26 a collaborative baby quilt

I've talked about my friend Brynn here before.  She is an excellent quilter!  Not only is she precise and accurate in her piecing but she has an amazing ability to start and finish projects rather quickly!  We've teamed up recently to make a few quilts for some friends who are having babies.  She cuts, pieces and bastes the quilts and then passes them off to me.  I quilt and bind them!  I think we make a great team - she does the part I drag my feet on (cutting) and I have a deadline to actually finish them! And I think you all know how I feel about having local friends with whom you can sew!

This is our latest!  Pardon the grainy instagram photos! I did take some others that I'll share later so you can see the cute back too.



Fabric: All-Star, Riley Blake
Quilting: Free motion stippling

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